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Roadside America, Shartlesville

4.4
#60 of 208 in Museums in Pennsylvania
Specialty Museum Museum
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  • I brought my sons for their first visit. My last visit was in the 1970's. We had a great time exploring the creation of Mr. Gieringer. It is wonderful to see his family carrying on his legacy. His cre...  more »
  • I have been to Roadside America twice. This time I took my friend with since she was never there before. The attraction is wonderful and has many little buttons to push. Every half hour or so they run...  more »
  • We stopped by Roadside America while we were in the area. I have been here many times growing up and it never seems to amaze me of all the work that went into building and maintaining. Well worth a st...  more »
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  • This place was pretty amazing, I honestly wasn't expecting it to be since the place is so small but the little village was beautiful! This is a great place to take kids who love trains. I especially enjoyed the night view and music. My kids loved the trains and how they could control the trains or trolley with a push of a button, they did not want to leave. I love how detailed it was and the beautiful little pond with the fish, will definitely bring the kids back again.
  • Fantastic! I'd give it 6 stars if I could. The place has been there since 1936, an amazing diorama with interactive buttons all over. A little daytime to night time to dawn show. Great people. A must stop for anyone passing by. I always look for a quick, inexpensive stop when traveling with the kids. You don't want to take a ton of time out of your travel and if it's too expensive you feel the need to stay a long time. This is IDEAL.
  • Super-cool if you're into miniature cities, model train layouts, doll houses, or are just impressed with craftsmanship. I urge anyone going here to explore every nook and cranny, and stick around for the "night pageant" when they dim the lights and treat you to a tribute to America. Many of the buildings are replicas of actual historic places, there are little historical placards with details all around, and plenty of little action buttons- most of which work (I've yet to see any similar exhibits where every button works- as a hobbyist I know how easily those things break down). Not a big time consumer, great "wow" factor, worth the admission price. Check it out and the neat Amish-style gift shop next door. Bring a camera or clear some space on your smartphone for pics.
  • We spent about 2 hours there as you can't see all of the details the first time around the perimeter. It's really amazing how much detail is in the exhibit. Well worth a stop. Even taking pictures, you can't capture it all but they have a little booklet in the gift shop that contains great close up pictures of what we weren't able to photograph well. We will visit again.
  • First went here as a child nearly 50 years ago. The ultimate little roadside attraction from a bygone era. Take your children of all ages there and watch their imaginations go wild.

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